Re­porter who ex­posed Rus­sia dop­ing stay­ing home

The Nation - - SPORT -

Ger­man jour­nal­ist Hajo Sep­pelt, whose in­ves­tiga­tive reporting ex­posed Rus­sia’s al­leged state-spon­sored dop­ing, will not travel to the foot­ball World Cup tour­na­ment out of se­cu­rity con­cerns, na­tional broad­caster ARD said. World Cup host Rus­sia had ini­tially re­fused to is­sue Sep­pelt a visa, but re­lented af­ter in­ter­na­tional pres­sure, with Fifa stress­ing the im­por­tance of me­dia free­dom to Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin’s gov­ern­ment.

But Ger­many’s se­cu­rity agen­cies have since eval­u­ated the sit­u­a­tion and found

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